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Houttuynia cordata

Common Name(s):
Chameleon plant, Rainbow plant
Cultivar(s):
Plena, Chameleon, Variegata’
Categories:
Groundcover, Water Garden
Comment:

Spreads by rhizomes; space plants 8 to 10 inches apart; not drought tolerant; creeping habit; prefers moist soil to shallow water (1-2 in.); full sun; plant in 1 to 2 gallon container; can be invasive

Height:
6-20 in.
Hardiness:
5 to 8
Foliage:
Broad, simple, alternate, heart-shaped leaves, 2-3 inches long, bluish green to deep green or multicolored, with red edges on red stems; pungent, diesel oil smell when crushed. After a hard freeze, foliage and stems die back to the ground.
Flower:
Small white flowers in early summer
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to light shade; range of soil types provided they are moist to wet. Due to it's aggressive growth habit, plant in a container, or an area bounded by sidewalk or driveway.
Size:
12-15 in.
Form:
Spreading
Growth Rate:
Moderate to rapid
Tags:
deciduous

NCCES plant id: 297

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